EUROPEAN COOPERATION PROJECTS with funding from the European
INTRODUCTION Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead
public body established to investigate, care for and promote
Scotland’s historic environment. We are at the forefront of
researching and understanding the historic environment and
addressing the impact of climate change on its future.
We investigate and record architectural and archaeological sites
and landscapes across Scotland. Our conservation experts provide
guidance, training and technical research into the built
environment. Through our outreach programme, we promote community
and individual learning engagement with cultural heritage. We
contribute to the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle
climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.
Working with international partners in the field of cultural
heritage conservation and attracting European Union (EU) funding
are key commitments of Historic Environment Scotland, which
bring significant benefits for the people of Scotland
as well as Scotland’s environment and economy.
Since 2010, we have participated in 4 European territorial
cooperation projects in the fields of energy efficiency,
climate change adaptation, remote sensing archaeology and
digital heritage presentation. Through our European engagement,
we are also supporting other Scottish organisations, including
small and medium-sized enterprises, in working with European
Historic Environment Scotland was established in October 2015
by merging Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission
on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Cover: Digital technologies, such as virtual reality headsets, are
being used for the interpretation and presentation of heritage
sites (see Advanced Limes Applications project).
Below: Countries of our associated partners and project partners
and locations of the coordinators
of our projects.
IN NUMBERS 4 European territorial cooperation projects
Funding from 4 European Union programmes
58 organisations worked with us as partners
Combined project budgets / HES budgets 13.1m € / 700 000 € EU
funding for projects / for HES 8.3m € / 400 000 €
Budget and funding figures are rounded to hundred-thousand and
include funding to the predecessor organisations of Historic
Environment Scotland and from Iceland and Norway for the Adapt
Northern Heritage projects.
In the partner count, we have included the 11 Associated Partners
of Adapt Northern Heritage, as noted in the grant
agreement, but not the 45 Associated Partners
of ArchaeoLandscapes Europe.
ADAPT NORTHERN HERITAGE Adapting northern cultural heritage to the
environmental impacts of climate change and associated natural
hazards through community engagement and informed conservation
The project creates a community network of actors concerned with
historic places in Europe’s far north and develops an online tool
to assess the risks for, and vulnerabilities of, these places
and provides guidance for the planning of strategic adaption.
The tool is being developed, tested and demonstrated in case
studies in Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Scotland,
for which adaptation action plans are being produced. The Scottish
case studies are in Inveraray (Argyll & Bute) and at
Threave Castle and Estate (Dumfries &
In 2015, Historic Environment Scotland led a preparatory project
with the same title with project partners from Norway and
Sweden. The project was also cofunded by the Interreg Northern
Periphery and Arctic programme.
Right: The historic hunting station Fredheim, on Svalbard, a
Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, was moved inland in 2015
to protect it from coastal erosion.
Image © Riksantikvaren / Photographer: Susan Barr
Riksantikvaren (Norway) – project co-leader
Associated partners 11 organisations
Funders Interreg programme for the Northern Periphery and
Arctic 2014-2020 and the project partners
Project budget 1 038 000 € / 366 000 € / HES budget
EU funding for project 581 000 € / 238 000 € / for HES
Budget and funding figures include the main and preparatory
projects and, in addition to EU funding, contributions
from Iceland and Norway for Icelandic and Norwegian
ADVANCED LIMES APPLICATIONS ALApp produces mobile applications for
sites of the limes, the ancient border defences of the Roman
Empire. Some of these sites form the transnational UNESCO World
Heritage Site Frontiers of the Roman Empire. Focussing on the
Antonine Wall in Scotland and the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes in
Bavaria, the project develops digital content for on-site display,
using augmented reality and three-dimensional models of building
reconstructions and scanned archaeological artefacts. The project
also conducts audience research and builds a stakeholder community
to test the technology and transfer it to new locations
across Europe and beyond.
Right: The mobile app for the Antonine Wall presents these
archaeological sites not only with text and images, but using
augmented reality and 3D reconstructions.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European
Project partners Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation
EduFilm & Medien (Austria)
Funders European Union’s Creative Europe programme 2014-2020,
Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Historic Environment
Project budget 332 000 € / 199 000 € / HES budget
EU funding for project 91 000 € / 7 500 € / for HES
Project period September 2010 – September 2015 (60 months)
Project partners Historic Environment Scotland* was one of 27
project partners from 25 European countries, led by the
Römisch-Germanische Kommission of the Deutsches Archäologisches
Institut (Germany) as project coordinator. The project also
involved 45 associated partners in the end.
Funders European Union’s Culture programme 2007-2013
and the project partners
Project budget 5 000 000 € / 2 500 000 € / HES budget
EU funding for project 62 000 € / 26 000 € / for HES
* The initial project partner was the Royal Commission
on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Left: ArcLand developed guidelines for visualising airborne laser
scanning, which was used to produce this image of burial mounds at
Image © Agencija Republike Slovenije za Okolje
The project researched the energy efficiency and sustainability of
European historic urban districts and investigated measures and
tools to make significant improvements whilst protecting the
heritage value of these historic places. EFFESUS developed new
retrofit technologies, produced a software tool to inform decisions
on improvement measures, provided training and awareness activities
and demonstrated its results in real-world case studies in
seven historic urban districts, including a case study in
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh
Framework Programme for research, technological development and
demonstration, under grant agreement no. 314678.
Project period September 2012 – August 2016 (48 months)
Project partners Historic Environment Scotland*
was a partner in a consortium of 23 organisations
from 13 European countries, led by Tecnalia Research
& Innovation (Spain) as project coordinator and
Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft (Germany) as scientific & technical
Funders European Union’s Seventh Framework programme for
research, technological development and demonstration
and the project partners
Project budget 6 791 000 € / 4 988 000 € / HES budget
EU funding for project 163 000 € / 128 000 € / for HES
* The initial project partner was the Scottish Government,
acting through Historic Scotland.
Below: EFFESUS produced tools to support strategic
decision-making for the retrofit of historic urban districts,
including the pictured building stock categorisation tool.
Image © EFFESUS consortium
FASUDIR – Friendly and Affordable Sustainable Urban Districts
Retrofitting Led by Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain,
FASUDIR was an FP7 project which developed an integrated
decision support tool, based on a novel assessment methodology.
This software tool will help decision makers to select the
best energy retrofitting strategies for urban districts.
Historic Environment Scotland provided an external advisor
to the project’s Local Project Committee for Scotland.
IPERION CH – Integrated Platform for the European Research
Infrastructure on Cultural Heritage Led by the National Research
Council of Italy, IPERION CH (2015-19) is a Horizon 2020 project,
establishing a unique pan-European research infrastructure in
heritage science by integrating national world-class facilities at
research centres, universities and museums. Historic Environment
Scotland facilitated the use of the Glasgow School of Art building
as a research object for the project’s mobile
renoZEB – Development of near zero energy building renovation
Led by Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain, renoZEB
(2017-2020) is a Horizon 2020 project to develop a holistic deep
energy renovation process for zero energy buildings
and neighbourhoods. Historic Environment Scotland
provides an external expert to the project’s Advisory
CHIST – Cultural Heritage Interpretation and Sustainable
Tourism CHIST is a series of Leonardo da Vinci projects to give
those who work in the field of Scottish heritage interpretation
and tourism an idea of what is being undertaken in their
field elsewhere in Europe and the inspiration to apply
new methods in Scotland. Historic Environment Scotland
participated in the project with staff visits to Cyprus,
Iceland and Romania.
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